By-laws

Bylaws
Democratic Party of Jefferson County, Iowa

We, the members of the Democratic Party of Jefferson County, in order to promote the philosophy and objectives of the Democratic Party, to support the National and State party organizations and to form a representative party organization in the county, do hereby promulgate these bylaws:

ARTICLE I. Name

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee.

ARTICLE II. Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be to elect Democrats in Jefferson County, the State of Iowa, the Third Congressional District, and the Nation, and to promote in Jefferson County the principles of the Democratic Party.

Section 2. These bylaws shall incorporate and adopt those provisions of the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Iowa that are applicable to the County organization.

ARTICLE III. Membership

Section 1. The Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee shall consist of two committee persons from each precinct within the county. Committee persons shall be elected every two years by a majority vote at the caucus in their precinct.

Section 2. All Jefferson County residents who are registered in the Democratic Party shall be eligible for election to the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee.

Section 3. After being duly elected, a committee person shall serve until a successor is elected unless he or she is removed by the Central Committee for non-residency, inattention to duty, incompetency, support of a candidate for public office who is running against a nominee of the Democratic Party, or who fails to attend three (3) consecutive meetings without notifying any officer of the Central Committee before the meeting.

Section 4. Vacancies

(a) if a vacancy occurs within the Central Committee, the Chair shall at the meeting the vacancy is announced, present the vacancy and a successor shall then be selected by a simple majority of the membership present.

(b) upon leaving office or resignation, committee persons shall turn over all records in their possession to the Central Committee.

Section 5: All elected Democratic county officials and legislators residing in Jefferson County, the President of the Democratic Women’s Club of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County members of the District Central Committee who are not otherwise members of the Central Committee shall be voting members of the Central Committee by virtue of their office.

ARTICLE IV. Meetings

Section 1. The County Central Committee shall meet at least every three months (3). The Committee may, by majority vote of those committee members attending any official Committee meeting, direct the Chair to call regular meetings at times and places selected by the Committee. The Chair shall cause notice of such meetings to be mailed to each member and officer of the Committee at least seven (7) days before the date set for each meeting. Upon receiving a petition signed by twenty-five (25) percent of the members of the County Central Committee, the Chair shall cause notice of such meetings to be mailed to each member and officer of the Committee at least seven (7) days before the date set for such meetings.

Section 2. The quorum at a noticed meeting shall consist of a number equal to the number on the Executive Council plus one.

Section 3. The Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee meetings shall be open to the public.

ARTICLE V. Officers

Section 1. Members of the Central Committee shall elect a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Such officers elected need not be selected from the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee membership but the officers elected shall be voting members of the Central Committee and shall, with the immediate Past-Chair form the Executive Council. The officers shall serve for a term of two years.

Section 2. After being duly elected, an officer shall serve until a successor is elected unless she is removed by the Central Committee for non-residency, inattention to duty, incompetency, support of a candidate for public office who is running against a nominee of the Democratic party, or who fails to attend (3) consecutive meetings without notifying an officer of the Central Committee before the meeting.

Section 3. Vacancies.

(a) if vacancy occurs in an elected office, the Chair shall at the meeting the vacancy is announced, present the vacancy and a successor shall then be selected by a simple majority of the members present.

(b) upon leaving office or resignation, officers shall turn over all records in their possession to the Central Committee.

ARTICLE VI. Duties

Section 1. Chair. Shall be that of Chief Executive officer, being a member ex-officio of all committees and presiding at all Central Committee meetings and meetings of the Executive Council. Each even numbered year the Chair, with the consent of the Central Committee, shall provide to the County Commissioner of Elections a list of nominees for election officials, election day workers, poll judges, absentee ballot workers, etc. as outlined in the Iowa Democratic Party, County Chair, Manual of Election laws. The Chair shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, all committees and subcommittees necessary to perform Democratic Party functions.

Section 2. Vice-Chair. Shall assume the duties of the Chair in that officer’s absence and shall serve as acting Chair in the event of a vacancy in the office of Chair until that vacancy is filled.

Section 3. Secretary: Shall be in charge of all files and records of the Democratic Central Party except those specifically required to be in the possession of the Treasurer. Shall prepare necessary documents and general correspondence and preserve such material and shall be responsible for sending notices seven (7) days before all meetings.

Section 4. Treasurer. Shall have custody of the funds of the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee and shall present a written report of total receipts and disbursements at each Central Committee meeting. Shall file all proper financial reports with the County Auditor and Secretary of State, according to the Iowa Campaign Finance Law. In addition, the Treasurer shall be in charge of all financial records and transactions of the Party, subject to an audit by a professional accountant or a committee of three (3) appointed by the Chair with the approval of the Executive Council.

Section 5. Immediate Past-Chair. Shall serve as a member of the Executive Council as an advisor and in whatever other capacity the Executive Council may direct. The immediate Past-Chair shall have voting rights on matters brought before the Central Committee if not an elected member of the Central Committee.

Section 6. The Central Committee shall approve all expenditures of the Central Committee except routine bills for mailing and the usual expenses that occur in the months prior to the elections.

ARTICLE VII. Committees and Appointed Positions

Section 1. Publicity Chair shall be appointed by the County Chair with the approval of the Executive Council. It shall be the duty of the Publicity Chair to plan, carry out and coordinate public relations and publish all notices as required by law.

Section 2. Parliamentarian: Parliamentarian shall be appointed by the County Chair with the approval of the Executive Council. It shall be the duty of the Parliamentarian to enforce the Parliamentary authority.

Section 3. Committees: With the approval of the Executive Council, the Chair shall appoint those committees that are necessary to carry out the business of the Jefferson County Central Committee.

ARTICLE VIII. Affiliated Organizations

Section 1. Young Democrats: The Jefferson County Young Democrats may be created to promote and encourage the ideals of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. The Jefferson County Democrats may organize activities, formulate viewpoints, aid in campaigns, participate in other functions in cooperation with the Jefferson County Democratic Party.

ARTICLE X. Amendments

Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee. Amendments require approval by two-third (2/3) of the members present, and must have been submitted in writing at the previous meeting (an/or) included with the notice of the meeting at which the amendment(s) is to be acted upon.